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Bangkok: Grenade wounds 1; Thai court frees protest leader

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A grenade exploded near a Bangkok shopping mall early Friday, wounding one person in the second explosion in a week in the Thai capital still rattled by deadly political clashes and living under emergency rule.

Also Friday, a top leader of Thailand’s Red Shirt protest movement, whose street demonstrations were violently suppressed by the army in May, was released on bail after being detained for more than two months on terrorism charges.

One person was in critical condition with shrapnel in his brain from the grenade, which was hidden in a garbage bag near a duty-free shopping center. The anti-government movement denied responsibility for a similar blast Sunday, which protest leaders say are designed to justify emergency rule. Thai authorities have decline to assign blame.

The Bangkok Criminal Court freed protest leader Veera Musikapong on 6 million baht ($186,000) bail. He is one of about two dozen Red Shirts who were arrested on terrorism charges after the end of the group’s two-month long Bangkok protests, which occupied the capital’s ritziest tourism and shopping area for weeks in a call for early elections.

Asian Correspondent

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